American Indian Studies

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.
This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.

The American Indian Program offers American Indian Studies as a minor field in graduate studies. Graduate students select a faculty member from the field of American Indian Studies to serve as minor member on their special committee. They must also take two courses to qualify for the minor: a one-credit colloquium offered once a year in which students and faculty present their research; and a three-credit course in critical approaches to American Indian Studies, also offered once a year. Faculty expertise spans multiple fields, including anthropology, archeology, art history, history, literature, law, sociology, horticulture, and natural resources, enabling students to develop programs that address their specific interests. Faculty with specific research expertise in Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) studies and indigenous issues globally within diverse disciplines further broaden opportunities for study.

Eric Cheyfitz -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: Native American literature; Native American studies; Federal Indian law
Laura Donaldson -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: American Indian literature and culture; American Indian women's literature; postcolonial literature and theory; religion and literature
Charles Geisler -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: rural sociology; social impact assessment of resource development
Frederic Gleach -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: native North American historic relations; native and European cultures; Algonquians; Tlingit
Angela Gonzales -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: sociology of identity; U.S. Indian law and policy; indigenous intellectual and cultural property rights
John Henderson -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: archaeology of the Americas; Indian history of Mexico and Central America
Kurt Jordan -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: American Indian studies
Karim-Aly Kassam -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: indigenous knowledge, biological and cultural diversity
Jane Mt Pleasant -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: indigenous agriculture; Native American resource management
Sarah Murray -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests:
Paul Nadasdy -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: anthropology of North American Indians and circumpolar north; anthropology of science and knowledge; environmental/ecological anthropological relationship between indigenous people and the state; ethnography of the state; the politics of wildlife management; political economy; property and ownership; hunting societies
Jon Parmenter -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: Iroquois social and political history; northeastern Algonquians; governance; settler relations
Troy Richardson -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: education; multicultural education
Jolene Rickard -- Concentrations: American Indian studies; Research interests: indigenous art as knowledge; art history

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Billie Isbell -- Concentrations: Research interests: anthropology; Andean thought and culture; South Americ